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2009-10-02 20:03:10

British theater and movie director Sam Mendes is producing a stage musical adaptation of the children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mendes helmed the films American Beauty, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, as well as the 1998 stage production of Cabaret. Playwright David Greig is penning the Charlie script based on Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are composing the score, the BBC said. The book was adapted for the big screen as 1971's Willy Wonka...

2008-12-15 14:08:00

Bergen County Special Needs Children & High School Student Volunteers Collaborate in Musical Production RIDGEWOOD N.J. and HAWTHORNE, N.J., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharing The Arts, a Hawthorne, NJ based non-profit performing arts organization and conservatory bringing together individuals with mild to moderate developmental delays and community student volunteers, is pleased to announce that its members, all children and teens with special needs are performing in its production of...

2008-10-28 00:00:14

***  (106m | PG) The playfully warped imagination of director Tim Burton is ideally suited for remaking Roald Dahl's twisted-as-taffy children's tale, and the result is a sourball confection of pure movie magic. Gifted Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") plays Charlie, the impoverished lad who wins a coveted tour of a mysterious candy plant. Once inside, Burton brings delicious, Technicolor-bright life to Dahl's chocolate rivers, everlasting gobstoppers, magic glass elevators...

2006-06-29 08:46:41

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam will get a theme park dedicated to chocolate and inspired by Roald Dahl's children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," city officials and entrepreneurs said on Thursday. Just like Dahl's fictional "Chocolate Factory" owned by Willy Wonka, the main part of the "sweets park" will be located underground, in a disused railway tunnel which was handed over by the city of Amsterdam in a ceremony on Thursday. The attraction, which is expected to open...

2005-07-17 12:57:55

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sweet. Moviegoers in North America craved "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" over the weekend, snapping up $55.4 million worth of golden tickets for Johnny Depp's twisted tale, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. The opening was at the upper end of expectations, which had ranged between $40 million and $60 million, and compared favorably with other recent No. 1 debuts, such as last weekend's champ "Fantastic Four" with $56.1 million,...


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